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Breast Cancer Awareness

Age and health history can affect the risk of developing breast cancer.

Anything that increases your chance of getting a disease is called a risk factor.

Risk factors for breast cancer include:
  • Older age.
  • Early age at menarche (menstruation).
    Older age at first birth or never having given birth.
  • A personal history of breast cancer or benign (noncancer) breast disease.
  • A mother or sister with breast cancer.
  • Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest.
  • Breast tissue that is dense on a mammogram.
  • Hormone use (such as estrogen and progesterone).
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Caucasian race.

Visit these web sites for more information:
National Cancer Institute - What is screening?

Protect Your eyes and skin

July     National UV Safety Month

Did you know?

  • You can sunburn your eyes in addition to your skin
  • The same UV-A and UV-B rays that can damage your skin can harm your eyes
  • Prolonged UV exposure may be linked to cataracts and macular degeneration, and eye cancer
  • Select sunglasses for their ability to block UVA&B rays instead of style
  • Remember sunglasses don't have to be expensive to do the job
  • Stay indoors when UV rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Reflected sunlight off water, snow, sand, or pavement is the worst
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • During summer months the level of UV radiation is 3 x greater than winter